The most frequent reasons for washing machine recalls include concerns about potential damage to property and potential injury for the user. The potential injuries happen when components come loose during operation and harm the user, and the potential damage to property results from loose components damaging the laundry room.
In December 2012, the Consumer Product Safety Commission recalled LG and Kenmore top-loading washing machines that had been sold starting in the spring of 2010. This recall involved approximately 500,000 units. When loads became unbalanced, the washing machine could shake too much. As a result, the drum would come loose, potentially harming people and damaging other items in the room as the washing machine moved around. This recall involved three different models, each in the LG and Kenmore Elite brand.
In October 2012, the Consumer Product Safety Commission recalled GE Profile front load washing machines sold beginning in July 2008. This recall concerned three different GE Profile models, totaling about 60,000 washing machines. During use, the basket inside the washing machine could separate and damage the top panel to the machine. This resulted in a potential injury risk for consumers.
People who own recalled washing machines should stop using the appliances and contact the Consumer Product Safety Commission for instructions regarding their specific machine. In the case of the GE Profile recall, customers were directed to contact GE for a complimentary repair.